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Subject: The Professionals
Raise your hand if you've never referred to the band as "the Grateful Dead" or "the Dead." Yeesh, even Bill Graham did it.
Anyway, I'd say this is a smooth, professional '77 Dead show (apart from the long gaps of dead space between each song), worth a listen, but not one of their nights of Inspiration. The sound is OK, a bit compressed and muffled, about what you'd expect of a tape off the radio from 1977.
chris phillips -
I think this is the best set between Springfield and Boston on this great tour. Fabulous Dew is preceded by an excellent Music Never Stopped, Ramble On Rose. Good Lovin'. Phil is as on as any show on this amazing tour. tour.
Jeff Knorek from Nova Scotia -
Subject: The crowd noise is...
....irritating beyond measure. Either give us a good Aud or Matrix, but not this turn-up-the-crowd-noise between songs crap.
Also, and this is nitting one little pick, the announcer should know better...he was introducing Grateful Dead, not The Grateful Dead. No such band with the latter name ever existed.
3 stars for the annoying crowd noise. I cannot give the show itself a fair rating because of it...the fades of crowd noise into and out of the songs eliminate any hope of hearing the nuances at those parts of the recording.
Some of us actually like to hear what they are ding between songs.
Subject: Great show
I love clicking on the "This date in history" and finding a gem. This one is a gem. 77 was an awe inspiring year for the band, and this show does not disappoint. Great sound, great song selections, great atmosphere. 5 stars for sure.
Being a Deadhead in western New York in the mid 1980s meant that you were pretty much expected to worship 5-9-77. I always felt like I'd have saved this tape from a burning house before that one, though. That may just have been me being contrary, but listening to this again after many, many years reminded me why. Thanks!
Good show. Okay sound. If the amplified crowd noise bothers you got to snapfiles.com. You can probably find free software to edit audio.
Subject: another great spring 77
I thought I had heard them all but missed this one. listening to the shows on this date in history is a great feature of archives. sugaree at over fourteen minutes is really sweet. i really don't mind the crowd noise and fm broadcast so far it seems very nostalgic and you have to laugh at the guy who keeps shouting CASEY JONES! i will give it five just to offset all the fours and i can't rate it 4.895
Norman Clegg -
Subject: GREAT '77-vintage show....!!
I've been returning to this one for many, many years. As a whole, it's one of my very favorites from the incredible year of 1977.
Heed the reviews; if you don't have this show, you're missing out on a SUPER evening with the band.....
Of particular note is the FABULOUS "Mississippi Half-Step"; it's a true contender for the "Best-Ever" trophy....!! ESSENTIAL Grateful Dead!!!
Burnt Rich -
Subject: The "I" is not pleased, the audience IS!!!!
I guess my standards fall short of that last reviewer, thankfully. Shit, even a blind man knows when the sun is shinin'....I come back to this show often. As for what that audience and the REST of us seem to be hearing from this night....this is nothing but damn fine Spring 77' Dead. Second set is fabulous!!! The Estimated opener and Scarlet>Fire are played w/ very well and with intention. The Estimated is particularly sick---Keith gets OUT THERE!! The cheer from the audience when Scarlet gets uncorked is so damn heart-warming!! The transition into Fire is SOOO great. The funky placement of the other cuts in the second set makes for an interesting, one of-a-kind performance during arguably one of the greatest couple of weeks the Band ever played.I noticed around Loser, in the first set, that Jerry's voice is really in GREAT shape tonight. He sound so good on this day, powerful yet lilting and so sweet. I was just listening to that summer 1985 growl before this show---what a contrast!!
Subject: Not Impressed
I think this show, at least the first set, is uninspired. I haven't been moved by Sugaree or Half-Step two doozies that can make me excited.
I'm giving this a 3/5 even though there are one or two songs that are great. But does that make a show good? I don't think so.
Subject: i don't know, it
must have been the vast audio radiance - more energy tonight than the previous two put together. feeling the pressure of playing to a larger, virtual crowd?
a very tight first set, highlighted by a bevy of heartfelt jerry tunes and lots of well-played and -sung bobby tunes. looks like MNS has found its spot! a great first set closer.
estimated still seeking its proper home - a dripping version as set opener? scarlet>fire is now so, so, so rock solid - best one of the tour so far? definite maybe. good love and ramble on rose seem out of place mid-set, but $@%& it cuz they's played oh-so-well. springfield samson is pushed aside by tonight's. strong terrapin and then, at last THE DEW, a song that can do no wrong. no, sir. always satisfies, but when it's this good, get back!
night five of tour has us solidly back on track as we head to nyc for five, count 'em five, nights at the palladium! cannot wait to biodtl!
Subject: My first show. My favorite Scarlet > Fire
This was the first Grateful Dead concert I attended, and probably the best. It was broadcast live over WNEW-FM and the tapes were waiting for me when I got home thanks to my Mother. It was her first audio engineering attempt, and she did a pretty good job.
I listened to those for about 25 years before getting the show on cdr. Now I am just 2 mouse clicks away from streaming the show. Long live the internet archive!
The sound quality is just wonderful.
The Scarlet > Fire is my favorite of all time.
Subject: Not too shabby
Some good stuff on here for sure. I just acquired the video from Trader's Den as well, and I love it. Jerry's just tearing it up, bouncing all over the stage, smiling his ass off. Very cool.
Not too sure about that Sugaree though, contrary to some other reviewers. Jerry's playing was nice, but the drummers seemed to really lose it a few times there. I actually thought the whole thing was just going to collapse under it's own weight at one point -- right before Jerry starts with the double-time leads that usually blast it into the stratosphere. Actually, I was thinking there might not be enough steam going for him to really pull it off, but he managed somehow, and it did start to lift off some after that. Definitely not the best performance of that song to my ears, though.
A solid effort though, and well worth the listen.
Subject: Yes on the Videos
Definitely check out the videos ... if you have a dvd burner i suggest going to Lossless Legs or Traders Den and getting both the 4/26 and 4/27 videos.
Subject: Let's not overlook "Sugaree"
While some may argue, convincingly, that this version isn't perhaps the utter monster realized during other Feb-June shows (2/26, 3/18, 4/23, 4/29, 5/5, 5/19, 5/22, & 6/8), it is exceedingly sweet and heartfelt. Jerry's guitar simply weeps emotion. I'd contend that it is only in comparison to these other masterful renditions that this reading isn't viewed as "the best...." It's a true shame that this didn't make it on to the B&W video mentioned earlier.
Subject: A Truly Great Show
This is a really inspired performance, and is solid from beginning to end. Even the vocals are great. The songs are crisp, airy and clean. Less is more. "He's Gone" is a highlight for me.
Subject: how the gr8ful d34d changed my life
how'd they do it ? easy, this was my first show, and while i love to admit it, it led to hundreds more. i had never even heard terrapin or estimated and they just whisked me into the stratosphere. jerry!!!!!!!!
Subject: Nice show.
A video of Deal is on You Tube. I'd love to see this in its' entirety.
Subject: 1/2 step
sound is a little spotty...but certainly acceptable especially give the quality of the performance. 1/2 step is up there with 5/7/77...not quite there, but up there. WELL worth the listen.
Sound is decent, the band is playing balls out rockn roll this night, great half-step, a must have gem
Subject: fantastic show
garcia has some amazing moments on this tape.
fire on the mountain. estimated. morning dew are all through the roof.
L. Rosley -
Subject: Top show for '77
I don't understand how an average show like 4/23 can get two dozen rave reviews and a top show like this gets an average of 4. Are people reviewing sound quality alone? This FM radio broadcast has sound that is better than most audience recordings. But the show is much better than 4/23 and others.
This show comes out of the starting gate strong, rockin', and tight, both in playing and vocals. The jams are interesting. Jerry smokes in Sugaree. The set list isn't bad. And it ends with a nice Dew that is on par with the '74 Dews.
Doc Hollywood -
Is that B & W video from this night or the night before (4/26/77)? If there is one of this night also, for God's sakes get that thing on furthurnet pronto!
There's a B&W video of this show circulating. It is one of the great treats of being a deadhead. I hope you all can get your hands on it. It is by far the most excited I've ever seen Jerry playing guitar. What a show!!!!!!!!
Subject: Mighty Dew
You can almost see the crowd being fried by the Morning Dew. Someone called this the best one. They may be right. I only wish the sound was a bit better, and that between song audience mike is annoying as hell. Still, you can't pass up this one EITHER. 4 stars because of the sound.
Subject: What a classic Dead show.
I've had this show on tape for 15 years. My recording is terrible, but you can still tell this is a stellar show especially the Morning Dew. It rivals many of the great versions from the great year of '77. Thanx for putting this show up. I'm very stocked to finally have this show on CD. Sound quality is definatly better than my version on tape. Thanx.
Subject: Love this show...
I recorded this show live off FM and it was one of my favorite 'leg tapes. Unfortunatelyt, it got away and the only other copy I could get (this is ages ago) was so many generations old that I couldn't listen to it. THANK YOU so much for putting this out!
The Mad Colombian -
Subject: A lot to appreciate
First and foremost, this show contains the best Morning Dew ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
There are also some extremely good versions of other Dead classics.
On the downside, they kept jacking up the audience mikes in between songs with the intent (I assume) of giving a better feel of what it would be like to be in attendance. Unfortunately, they jacked up the audience mikes so much that it's aversive.
nyc oldie -
Subject: Good show
Joe Samaritano -
Subject: Sound Quality
The sound quality is *not* bad.
Joe Samaritano -
Subject: Sound Quality
The sound quality is *not* bad.
Subject: Nice but the sound quality is bad
and they keep playing around with the mikes and jacking the audience between songs - in addition you have richard near from wnew who knows abt as much abt grand funk as he does abt the dead narrating
Subject: I was at this show
this was the best dead concert I ever saw.I have been looking for this recoding for years!Thank you